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Police: 23 iPads stolen, others damaged at Oklahoma City elementary school

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OKLAHOMA CITY – It has been a tough year for schools across the state, and it just got a little harder for one local elementary school.

The Oklahoma City Public School District was forced to adjust more than 200 teacher positions when it was handed a $30 million budget cut.

In March, the district announced it would be cutting 208 teaching positions to save money.

A couple of weeks later, the district decided to lay off about 18 percent of its administrative staff.

District leaders announced $10 million in cuts would focus on delaying the purchase of new textbooks, cutting school supply budgets, cutting funding for student testing, reducing contracts with outside vendors and delaying purchases of athletic equipment.

“These are extremely difficult financial times, and tough decisions had to be made in order for the district to make up the $30-million budget shortfall,” said Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Aurora Lora.

Arthur Elementary School’s budget just took another hit following a theft.

The Oklahoma City Police Department says it is working a case where 23 iPads were stolen from the school.

In addition to the theft, several other devices were damaged.

Investigators released images of several individuals that they would like to speak with, saying they may have been in the building around the time of the theft.

If you have any information on the crime, call CrimeStoppers at (405) 235-7300.